One of the most important functions of monasteries was as schools. Monastic schools were well attended (mostly by boys). Some of the students were treated as foster children by the monks, living in the care of another family until they were ready to return to their homes and adult responsibilities. Many noble warrior fathers seem to have thought that their sons would be safer in a monastery than at home. Students had to find and prepare food for the monks and help out with the business of running the monastery. But most of their time was spent studying and working. –101 Things You Didn’t Know About Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, and Tradition of the Emerald Isle (101 Things You Didnt Know Abt) by Ryan Hackney

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a young Irish boy sent to a monastery school by his parents.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your first time away from home.

Art Prompt: Monastery school

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a funny and/or poignant story about your first time away from home.

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